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Use FDISK to add a partition

By Keely ·
This is my problem. I have an old notebook that has a malfunctioning A: drive and no CD-ROM drive at this point. I am trying to reformat C: and install a fresh copy of W98 (prev. OS W95). On C: I created a directory and copied the necessary W98 setup files, as well as a directory with the W98 boot disk files (fdisk, etc.). I need to create a new partition in DOS to move those directories over so I can do the reformat. When I try to do so in fdisk, it tells me there's no room for another partition. Does anyone have any advice?

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by dmiles In reply to Use FDISK to add a partit ...

You will need to resize the partition to be smaller so that you can add the second one,try to do a 50/50 split,if this does not work consider buying a larger hard drive

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by Keely In reply to Use FDISK to add a partit ...

How do I change the size of a partition in FDISK without deleting it first and then recreating it in a smaller size? The current configuration is one primary DOS partition using 100% of the space.

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by Keely In reply to Use FDISK to add a partit ...

And how do I resize the existing partition? I'm no DOS expert so I could use some handholding.

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by agiias In reply to Use FDISK to add a partit ...

Take a look at -
Partition Resizer (freeware)
http://zeleps.com/

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by Keely In reply to Use FDISK to add a partit ...

Because the floppy is broken and the current OS (Win95) was "damaged" by the previous owner (not able to install PCMCIA cards and thus access internet), unfortunately this doesn't help me.

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by jasonbis In reply to Use FDISK to add a partit ...

The only way you are going to be able to add a partition without deleting the one you already have is to buy a program called "Partition Magic." It will allow you to use the free space you have on your current partition and resize it to create another partition all without deleting anything on your current one. I am not sure how expensive it is. The best thing to do is just save whatever you have on to disks or something and just use fdisk to recreate the partitions the way you want them. Not knowing how much Partition Magic costs, it may be cheaper to buy a $20 floppy drive to replace your broken one, save your data, and delete the partition.

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by Keely In reply to Use FDISK to add a partit ...

Thanks for letting me know that there's no way to change the partition sizes without deleting the current partition with built-in tools. I own Partition Magic, but have no way of getting it on to this slightly damaged computer.

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by emcs In reply to Use FDISK to add a partit ...

This is also a freeware program similar to 'Partition Magic', called 'Ranish Partition Manager'. The program can be found at:
http://www.users.intercom.com/~ranish/part/.

I have used this program within the last 3 weeks. Again, anytime you are working with the hard drive, back up applications and data.

Good Luck.

dennie

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